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Harnessing the AMD flexible virtual machines for high-performance computing on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Gloria Lee
Cloud Engineer

Contributed by: Marta Colosimo, Associate Cloud Engineer, Emerging Cloud Solution

Recently, Oracle announced the general availability of the virtual machine (VM) AMD Rome E3 Compute instance—VM.Standard.E3.Flex. Previous Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Compute shapes only provided a fixed amount of memory per instance. When customers needed more memory, they often found themselves doubling their costs by launching a larger instance. As workloads change, customers need a way to quickly scale up their compute resources to increase performance and scale down to reduce costs.

Flexibility to keep costs low

Now, with flexible shapes, customers can scale resources up and down to the exact size that fits their needs in just minutes by adding CPUs and memory to their existing footprint making it optimal for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.

HPC is a way of processing massive amounts of data at high speeds using multiple computers and storage devices. HPC makes it possible to explore and even solve some of the biggest problems in today’s world. By using AMD Flexible VMs, solving these problems comes with a more cost-effective option, billed at a per-second granularity with a one-minute minimum, for low or high memory workloads.

HPC workloads span multiple industries, including financial services and manufacturing. Prevalent in financial services, Monte Carlo simulations use a broad method of algorithms that use random sampling to obtain numerical results for difficult problems. These workloads require low core-to-memory ratio. Typically found in manufacturing, electronic design automation (EDA) is used to design and analyze electronic systems and requires a high core-to-memory ratio instance. Regardless of the core to memory ratio, AMD Flexible VMs are optimum for all workloads while keeping costs low.

This graph compares the AMD VM Flex and the VM.Standard2 Compute instance shapes. The VM standard shape only has the OCPU/memory options seen as red plots. What makes the AMD flex instance stand out is the customizability of OCPU and memory options available as anything in the VM Flex bars is an option for OCPU and memory.

This graph compares the AMD VM Flex and the VM.Standard2 Compute instance shapes. The VM standard shape only has the OCPU and memory options, seen as red plots. What makes the AMD flex instance stand out is the customizability of OCPU and memory options available as anything in the VM Flex bars is an option for OCPU and memory.

So no matter what workloads you have, AMD Flexible VMs give you the customization you want at the price you want. If you'd like to experience what OCI has to offer, please go here for some hands on experience with our cloud. And if you'd like to learn more about HPC on OCI, please read more here

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Thuy Monday, November 16, 2020
    What a great resource. Will definitely look into doing the hands on experience!
  • Pang M. Monday, November 16, 2020
    Great innovative work going on at Oracle!
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